Denis Leary once told me he didn’t know who thought he would be a good person to voice a saber tooth tiger in the first Ice Age movie. He just “thanked heaven they did.” (Actually, Leary used rather more explicit language. But that probably goes without saying.) The comedian and Rescue Me star also admitted that they “might as well” have delivered his wages for the phenomenally successful second Ice Age movie in a truck.
Leary’s words sprang to mind upon viewing the new trailer for next year’s supervillain-oriented animated movie Despicable Me, a film from Ice Age exec producer Chris Meledandri. Frankly, the animators seem to have been required to do a lot more work than the vocal talent in the clip (though I’m sure the likes of Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Jason Segel and Kristen Wiig will perform more heavy comedic lifting in the actual movie). I (just) preferred the first trailer, which is also embedded below, because of my long held belief that a a fat kid bouncing off a pyramid is funnier than a thin one having his balloon animal burst.
But, hey, that’s just me! Take a look, and tell us what you think.